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free company

a band of free companions.
Origin of free company
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They are a free company, sire, and they are called the White Company.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • They were Galeotto's free company, headed by one of his lieutenants.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • Diccon diced with them, and taught them all the oaths of a free company.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • By right of195 might he was now chief of this free company of plains rangers.

    Horses Nine Sewell Ford
  • The count had been encamped with his free company for the last five days in the Casa Grande of Moctecuhzoma.

    The Tiger-Slayer Gustave Aimard
  • The little band advanced to the west, in the direction of which the free company had marched in pursuit of the Apaches.

    The Tiger-Slayer Gustave Aimard
  • Before long the free company, with the captain at its head, disappeared in the Del Norte.

    The Tiger-Slayer Gustave Aimard
  • Many of them made objection to this, saying that one had no reason to take more risk than another in this free company.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • He was appointed governor of Inverness, with a free company of Highlanders.

  • Not long afterwards some six hundred students were secretly formed into a military corps styled the free company of the Schools.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1 Henry Sutherland Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for free company

free company

(European history) a band of mercenary soldiers during the Middle Ages
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